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Atlanta Opera to Present High-Definition Porgy & Bess

ATLANTA, GA -- The Atlanta's Opera's 2011 presentation of George Gershwin's Porgy & Bess will be a new production using an innovative high-definition projection technology developed by the University of Kentucky's Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments. The technology, originally developed for a non-theatrical use, incorporates projections and screen units that will take the place of traditional scenery and sets.

Here's a sneak peek of the technology being used in the production.

The Atlanta Opera's new Porgy & Bess is a co-production with University of Kentucky Opera Theatre. This collaboration marks the second time the Atlanta Opera has partnered with an academic institution to create a new production.

Free Bus Rides To/From Dobbins ARB Show

MARIETTA, GA -- Dobbins Air Reserve Base officials have finalized arrangements to provide transportation to the Wings Over Atlanta air show.

The base will fund transportation at no cost to spectators. Buses will be made available to transport all attendees to and from three locations: Cobb Galleria, Six Flags White Water and Lockheed Martin. Cobb County officials will provide support assistance at the parking lots, including comfort areas and law enforcement.

Dobbins ARB will host the open house/air show on Oct. 16 and 17 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. both days. The event is free.

This year's headline flying acts are the world-famous Blue Angels, Canadian Snowbirds and the U.S. Air Force Academy Wings of Blue parachute team.

Andrew Young Honored by Chattahoochee Tech Foundation

ATLANTA -- Former mayor of Atlanta, Ambassador Andrew Young, will be honored by the Chattahoochee Tech Foundation at this year's Legacy Awards luncheon.

The Legacy Awards luncheon has been held annually since 2005. Foundation trustees nominate and select an honoree based on that person's establishment of a positive lifetime legacy that has benefited the local, regional, state or national/international community.

Past honorees include Vince Dooley, Roy Barnes, Johnny Isakson, Conley Ingram, Bill Kinney, Truett Cathy and Betty Siegel.

The Legacy Awards luncheon will take place at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel (2450 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, 30339) on Thursday, Oct. 7 at 11:00 a.m.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Long either via email or at 770-529-2319.

Passion, Pageantry of Moulin Rouge Ignite Atlanta Ballet

ATLANTA, GA -- The enchantment of Paris and the glamour, vivacity and allure of the Moulin Rouge, the world-famous Parisian cabaret, will burst to life this fall as the Atlanta Ballet opens its 81st season with Moulin Rouge -- The Ballet.

With high-kicking Cancan choreography and a story of love, adventure and indulgence revolving around the legendary cabaret, Moulin Rouge -- The Ballet will have its Southeastern premiere Oct. 22-31 at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

The production is the original creation of renowned Canadian choreographer Jorden Morris, who plots his full-length ballet in the late 1880s when the Moulin Rouge first opened its doors.

Originally built in 1889 by Joseph Oller, the Moulin Rouge is best known as the birthplace of the Quadrille and the provocative Cancan dance. During its heydey, the cabaret was an extravagant place featuring huge dance floors, wall-to-wall mirrors and elegant galleries.

The Arts Crackle with "Energy" This Fall

ATLANTA, GA -- Although fall is approaching and the weather is cooling down, the fire inside the Cobb Energy Centre burns hotter than ever. The upcoming season will deliver a wide array of performances, from opera and ballet to world-renowned speakers and comedians.

The Atlanta Opera -- La Boheme
Saturday, Oct. 2 at 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 8 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 10 at 3:00 p.m.
In snowy Paris, six young penniless artists are full of idealism, beauty and unbridled love. But they soon encounter the harsh realities of life. Imitations of Puccini's masterpiece are all around us, but the gorgeous original is incomparable and never fails to pull at the heartstrings.

Cobb CVB Plans Family Reunion Workshop

COBB COUNTY, GA -- The Cobb County Convention & Visitors Bureau will host a free Family Reunion Workshop from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Doubletree Hotel Atlanta NW/Marietta (2055 South Park Place, Atlanta, 30339). The goal of the workshop is to show attendees how to plan a reunion from start to finish without breaking the bank.

The workshop includes a "How to Plan a Family Reunion" presentation by the CVB's family reunion service specialists, and a meet and greet with hospitality industry partners who specialize in family reunions. Participants will also receive a family reunion planning kit with tips and tricks for reserving hotels, selecting venues and planning itineraries.

Admission is free to anyone who is planning a family reunion in Cobb County, but seating is limited to two guests per reunion. A complimentary lunch will be served.

Cobb Restaurant Week Participants Announced

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Thirty-two restaurants are participating in Cobb County Restaurant Week, Sept.